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Tuana Aygar, AIKA

Tuana Aygar, AIKA

AIKA began as a concept born out of pure love between Tuana (the brand’s founder and designer) and Ayka, her beloved grandmother. Tuana channeled her feelings for Ayka into creativity, as her lively grandmother would have wished. By carrying Ayka’s principles and perspective on life, and by accepting the responsibility of sharing and celebrating her grandmother’s name, Tuana committed herself to creating minimal, functional, and high-quality products. Her thoughtful accessories are crafted to make life full of joy, full of love, and much easier to live. Every piece of the AIKA collection is hand-crafted by skilled craftsmen from Turkey and made with high-quality materials. 

"Ayka is my beloved grandmother’s name. She was a whole different kind of love for me. Just after I graduated from the college in 2018, I lost her. I have always dreamt of creating a brand and I wanted to do it after my grandmother’s name. The year I graduated from college and lost my grandmother, I traveled a lot around the world and figured out the design of AIKA Jewelry Bags depending on my need of keeping my jewelries in order while I was traveling. "


Tuana Aygar, AIKA

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Mini Interview with Tuana Aygar

When and how did you start the AIKA Concept?
Ayka is my beloved grandmother’s name. She was a whole different kind of love for me. Just after I graduated from the college in 2018, I lost her. I have always dreamt of creating a brand and I wanted to do it after my grandmother’s name. The year I graduated from college and lost my grandmother, I traveled a lot around the world and figured out the design of AIKA Jewelry Bags depending on my need of keeping my jewelries in order while I was traveling. With a huge love and a great idea, I started AIKA in 2019 December.

Please tell us about the generational importance behind your brand
By carrying principles and a perspective on life thought by Ayka and by accepting the responsibility of making my grandmother’s name alive and celebrated; I made the promise of creating minimal, functional, and high-quality products that make life full of joy, full of love and much easier to live, as Ayka did for me. Therefore, we are trying to maximize the lifetime usage of our products. We hope AIKA will become a brand that is passed from generation to generation. While designing any product, we first ask ourselves whether it is timeless, functional, and unique. We create all of our products by paying attention to detail and its functional purpose. Every piece of the AIKA collection is hand-crafted by skilled craftsmen from Turkey and made with high-quality materials. We design with love, produce with love, for generations to use with love.

What is your favorite time of the day?
It’s the early in the morning because I always start the day with a fresh energy and mind; therefore, I am usually very energetic, inspirational, and productive.

What song can you listen to on repeat?
These days it’s “Somebody Wants You by Oscar and the Wolf”.

What makes you smile the most?
My cats that I adopted 4 years ago, Mini and Petit.